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Yakovlev Yak-3

Design began at the end of 1941 of a single-seat fighter using the new VK-107 engine; however, delays with the new engine postponed the prototype's first flight until late 1943.  Entering operations in 1944, the Yak-3 was an exceptional dogfighter at altitudes up to 13,125 ft (4000 m).

The Yak-3 equipped the Free French 'Normandie-Niemen' unit identified by their tricolor spinners.  Over 4,800 were built.

Type: Fighter
Engine: one 1,300 hp (969 kW) Klimov VK-105PF-2 vee piston engine.
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